Jumping In and Out of Hell
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(03-16-2018, 08:00 PM)SacraCor714 Wrote: I can't understand a Church that holds its believers to such impossibly high standards and damns them to hell for the slightest mess-up. What does God expect us to be anyway?

I know of no other religions where a good person who has been living a good life commits ONE bad thing and is instantly on the road to hell regardless of all his past good works and intentions. That just sounds insane...because it is.

I understand you may be frustrated, but there is absolutely zero logic to this.

Firstly the Church doesn't ask the impossible, neither does God. To suggest the latter would be blasphemous, because it would be to directly attack God's Wisdom.

With the help of grace we can avoid all sin, even venial. The fact that we don't (an none of us do) is not because the standard is too high, but because we're in some way unwilling to live up to that standard.

Mortal sin is a two-fold turning. One turns toward a creature as his end, and away from God. The fact that we turn away from God is what causes the loss of God and Sanctifying Grace. Because God has give us the grace to resist (an sufficient grace to do so), it is our fault for turning away, so we are guilty.

God's Mercy is that, knowing our weakness, He is willing to pardon those offenses if we just have contrition for our sins. We are pardoned from the eternal punishment and grace restored to our soul by an act of Perfect Contrition or by Imperfect Contrition plus Confession.

The first thing to do if you fall is make as perfect an act of contrition as you can, because one has such perfect contrition it restores Sanctifying Grace. You still have to confess by the law of the Church before you receive Communion, and that act of perfect contrition includes the resolution to confess as soon as reasonably possible, but it does remove your sin. It is a good thing to make a habit of every night after you examine your conscience.

You also cannot blame God or the Church for where you might not use the remedies provided you. Sure, a hobby alone is not going to fix your problem. You need to pray seriously and often, make sacrifices, remove the occasions of sin. When the temptations come you need to push them away and turn your mind to other things, change your activities right there and then. You need to use the sacramentals of the Church (like Holy Water, scapulars. medals, the cord of St. Joseph, etc.). Unless you have exhausted the use of these things, plus all the natural methods, then you have no one to blame but yourself.

So, fine, you've fallen. Get up, start looking seriously for what you can do to remove the occasions of sin. Load up on the sacramentals. Get some Holy Water and use it often. Make a frequent examination of your conscience, especially at night before bed, when you do this, make a perfect act of contrition for all your sins. Get a schedule settled so you do not have free time to waste, and what free time you have use for good recreations and prayers. Space prayer throughout the day. Make a morning offering. Frequently renew your intentions throughout the day. Frequently recall the presence of God around you. Frequently ask for help to keep chaste. Say the Three Hail Marys (every morning and evening right after getting up and just before going to bed, kneeling on your fingers, say three Hail Marys for purity).

You have plenty of things to do and remedies. Unless you are using every single one perfectly, you can't blame the Church or God, and I am sure you are not, because no one does.

You can't expect grace to do all the work. That's a Protestant idea. It doesn't work that way.

We have to keep getting up, keep trying, use other techniques, put other things into practice. Never give up! Never give up! Never give up!
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Jumping In and Out of Hell - by SacraCor714 - 03-16-2018, 02:15 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by BC - 03-16-2018, 02:25 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by FultonFan - 03-16-2018, 02:38 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by SacraCor714 - 03-16-2018, 02:41 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by FultonFan - 03-16-2018, 02:51 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Galahad3 - 03-16-2018, 02:44 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by SacraCor714 - 03-16-2018, 03:25 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by FultonFan - 03-16-2018, 03:38 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by SacraCor714 - 03-16-2018, 08:00 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by FultonFan - 03-16-2018, 08:32 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Rivers - 03-17-2018, 02:12 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by BC - 03-17-2018, 09:21 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Rivers - 03-18-2018, 06:25 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by BC - 03-18-2018, 06:53 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Rivers - 03-18-2018, 07:11 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by BC - 03-18-2018, 01:10 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Rivers - 03-18-2018, 01:31 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Rivers - 03-19-2018, 02:49 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Rivers - 03-19-2018, 03:33 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by MagisterMusicae - 03-18-2018, 04:06 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by SacraCor714 - 03-19-2018, 11:51 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Galahad3 - 03-16-2018, 03:29 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Poche - 03-17-2018, 01:09 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by IntoTheMystic - 03-18-2018, 08:22 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by GangGreen - 03-18-2018, 09:40 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by SacraCor714 - 03-19-2018, 11:25 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Rivers - 03-19-2018, 03:43 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by SacraCor714 - 03-19-2018, 11:57 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Ptochos - 03-21-2018, 12:36 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by GangGreen - 03-21-2018, 01:40 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by BC - 03-21-2018, 02:11 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by gracemary5 - 03-23-2018, 12:24 PM



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